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Sarah Mackenzie was never meant to be a guard, never meant to descend into the bowels of the earth, but The Corridor is where she is sent. With little information and even less training, she is thrust into her position as a Dem handler. She walks a thin line between life and death, as she tries to uphold her family honor and unlock the mystery of the Dem’s captivity. The pursuit of truth will drag her deep into a world of corruption, hatred, and greed and she will have to decide where her loyalties lie. With the humans who have mistreated her or the Dem who could destroy them all.
Enjoy an excerpt:
The staircase twisted down into what felt like the very bowels of the Earth. Wrought iron and spindly, it creaked with each movement. Every irregular step nearly pulsed with hesitation. Some held back by fear, others pressing forward toward something new and terrifying. The bodies swayed in and out of the sparse light, like spirits jumping at the stone walls.
Her gaze dropped momentarily, away from her thoughts, to look toward their destination. The diamond weave of the steps allowed a caged view of what lie beneath. Sarah's hand gripped the railing tightly, jerking her eyes to the back in front of her. Not allowing them to stray to the lonely darkness beneath her feet.
The steady creak and pound of the footsteps seemed to go on forever, as the class followed the trainer. After ten minutes, the hollow sound of the stairwell seemed to swell in volume. Shuffling coats, heavy breathing, and something else. Sarah tipped her head, peering over the railing into the darkness. There was a wailing just under the creaking of the iron and the thuds of the heavy work boots.
"What is that?" she heard one of her classmates whisper.
She narrowed her eyes at the blackness beneath her feet. So far down, the cold of the stone stairwell made her hands nearly freeze to the railing. She did not dare let go.
"Do you hear that?" Another voice whispered.
The noise increased in volume. It sounded like glass ground between two stones. It set her teeth on edge. It was only the settling of the stairs. Nothing to be afraid of, but that did not stop her hand from shaking in her pocket. She stared at the back in front of her, stepping down over and over.
While I liked the book by the time I finishes it, it took me a while to get into it. It just didn't flow smoothly for me. Maybe it is just that I had finished a totally different genre of book seconds before starting to read this one? Anyway, that is one of the only complaints I have about the book, that it didn't flow well and draw me in as much as I would have liked it to.
The characters are interesting. I felt that Sarah could have been written a little less soft, but I am not the author. She just seemed too timid to me to be a guard of any kind, especially a guard of the more difficult to handle prisoners.
As I said, by the time I got to the end of the book, I liked it. I want to read more about these characters actually. I am going to pick up a copy of the second book soon and I am going to keep an eye out for more books by this author. I would give the book about a 3.5 star rating. I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys an interesting story with unique characters and alpha males.
About the Author:
Her debut novel, No Light, was released in January of 2014 and is the first book in the Dems Trilogy. It was followed by her first stand-alone novel, Kingdom Come, in May. The second novel of the Dems Trilogy, Darkness Blooming, was released in August of 2014.
Devi is a lover of coffee and chocolate and partakes in both daily. She lives in Missouri with her family. Including two dogs too human for their own good.
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